Providers of jobs and recruitment sites want the European Commission to temporarily prohibit a competitive service from Google. This is stated in a letter to EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager (Competition) who has consulted Reuters news agency. Vestager is already investigating whether Google is taking advantage of its dominant position with its vacancy services.
The 23 signatories complain that Google puts its own service at the top of the results in its search engine. If Brussels does not take the service offline, they allegedly want to make a formal complaint.
The complaints revolve around a tool whereby Google collects vacancies from other employers, which are filtered based on the wishes of users. The service links to external sites and, for example, issues notifications when a job passes that users are looking for.
It stands out to signatories, including the British Best Jobs Online and the German Intermedia, that Google uses its dominant position without making the same marketing investments as they do. On the other hand, technology companies believe that Google promotes innovation and competition in the job market.
The European Commission has already imposed a fine of nearly € 1.5 billion on Google this year for abusing its strong advertising position. Earlier the company also received billions of fines from Brussels, among other things because of competition distortion with the operating system Android. The American market watchdog FTC recently announced that it would be considering major tech companies.